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Notes From The North: Week 3




A look at how the rest the other three teams in the NFC North fared this weekend.

Detroit Lions:
Detroit 19, Green Bay 7
* Record: 2-1*

A stellar defensive effort and a strong running game led the Lions to a key home victory. Detroit's defense returned a fumble for a touchdown and recorded a safety, while also holding Aaron Rodgers to only 162 passing yards on the afternoon. On offense, Reggie Bush had 99 total yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Lions a two-possession lead.

The win was an important one for the Lions. It marked the first time in six career head-to-head meetings between Matthew Stafford and Rodgers that the Detroit quarterback has emerged victorious. It also helps put an end to the Packers dominance in the series. Green Bay has still won 15 of the past 18 times they have met, but the Lions have now won two straight games against the Packers in Ford Field.

The victory came with a cost, however. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a first-quarter sack of Rodgers, and the team announced Monday that Tulloch will miss the remainder of the season.

Green Bay Packers
Detroit 19, Green Bay 7
* Record: 1-2

Green Bay's defense did well forcing turnovers, taking the ball away three times. Among the turnovers forced was the first-career interception for its first-round draft choice, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. However, the Packers offense failed to turn those takeaways in to points, leading to the loss on the road.

The team's usual big-play offense was nonexistent against Detroit. The Packers – who had five offensive plays go for 20 yards or longer in their Week 2 win over the New York Jets – did not have a play from scrimmage go for longer than 18 yards versus the Lions. Rodgers completed 59 percent of his passes, but averaged only 6.0 yards per attempt on the afternoon.

Minnesota Vikings:
New Orleans 20, Minnesota 9
* Record: 1-2*

It's Teddy Time in the Twin Cities, as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater took over under center for the Vikings after starter Matt Cassel broke his foot early in the second quarter. Bridgewater – the last pick of the first round in May's draft – threw for 150 yards and avoided turning the ball over against the Saints.

Minnesota's defense had its hands full with the Saints offense. New Orleans had 396 total net yards in the game, compared to 247 for the Vikings.

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